Chris Boyark of Mechanicville declared victory at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday over Gerard Moser of Malta in the Republican primary in the 113th Assembly District.
“Right now, we’re sitting at what looks to be 1,028 to 590,” he said. “At this point we feel extremely confident and we’re calling it a victory.”
Moser could not be reached for comment, and he had not issued a statement, as of 10:40 p.m.
Once all the machine votes were counted, Boyark led Moser 1,438 to 873, according to unofficial results from the Saratoga and Washington counties boards of election.
Boyark attributed his win to a strong grassroots campaign.
“In these kinds of elections with low turnouts, you absolutely have to connect with voters at doors,” he said. “My message was clear: We want to work toward reform. We want to bring the party together.”
If Boyark’s lead holds up, he will be the sole general election opponent to Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, a first-term incumbent.
Boyark already had the Conservative Party and Reform Party nominations, and Moser did not have any other party nominations.
The Republican primary was oriented mostly around party control.
Moser labeled himself an “outsider” and said Boyark, the Republican Party endorsed candidate, was part of the establishment.
Boyark, a Saratoga County Republican Committee member, said he received the endorsement because he started his campaign early and worked hard, not because of party connections.
Neither candidate has held elected office.
Both candidates emphasized their business experience and called for ethics reform.
Boyark is co-owner of the Almost Saratoga bar in Malta and, until recently, managed Hannoush Jewelers, a family-owned business.
Moser worked in hospitality and health care management, and he now owns a personal training firm.
Both candidates criticized Woerner for not immediately calling for the resignation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, when he was arrested.
Woerner has said she has been an advocate of ethics reform, including co-sponsoring legislation to remove state pensions from elected officials convicted of felonies in relation with their official duties.
Woerner, who began her re-election campaign earlier this year, will open her campaign headquarters at 5 Wells St. in Saratoga Springs at noon Wednesday.
Woerner enters the general election campaign with advantages in name recognition and campaign cash.
Woerner had $49,378 in her campaign fund as of July 11, her most recent report.
Boyark had $4,790 in his campaign fund, as of Aug. 29.
The Republican Party has a voter enrollment advantage in the 113th District, which includes portions of Washington and Saratoga counties.
As of April 1, there were 33,283 active enrolled Republicans in the district, about 40 percent of active enrolled voters, according to the state Board of Elections.
There were 22,967 active enrolled Democrats, about 28 percent of active enrolled voters.
In the Republican primary in the 49th Senate District, James Tedisco was leading Christian Klueg with nearly 70 percent of the votes tabulated.
Tedisco, currently a state assemblyman, had 5,271 votes, or 58 percent, to Klueg’s 3,830 votes, representing 42 percent of the Republican voters who turned out in the district, which represents Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. The seat is open because of the retirement of veteran state Sen. Hugh Farley.